Ulrich Lehmann is Professor of Fashion at the University for the Creative Arts at Rochester and Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He studied philosophy, sociology and the history of art in Frankfurt a.M., Paris and London. His research interests are the histories of material culture in Europe from the 1780s to the present day. He has curated exhibitions on fashion, photography, automotive and product design, and has been contributing to ‘Addressing the Century: 100 Years of Art and Fashion’ (Hayward Gallery, 1999), and most recently to ‘Modernism: Designing a New World’ (V&A, 2006) and ‘Surreal Things: Surrealism and Design’ (V&A, 2007). At present he is working on two book projects: ‘Revolution and Progress: The Birth of New Material Cultures, 1780-1850’ and ‘Sport Photography’.